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National Association of Urban Debate Leagues' Nomination for the US Presidential Scholars Program

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  • What is the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program?  The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program (Presidential Scholars) is a Department of Education program that recognizes the academic achievements of high school students. There Screenshot 2018-10-26 11.04.24is no scholarship connected to the Presidential Scholars. However, it is one of the nation’s highest honors, and scholars travel to Washington DC and receive their award from the President. What is NAUDL’s Role? NAUDL is one of a select group of youth development organizations invited to nominate Presidential Scholars. For 2019, NAUDL may nominate up to 40 debaters to apply to the Presidential Scholars program. What do nominees receive? All NAUDL nominees will be recognized for their achievements by NAUDL and the urban debate community at the Urban Debate National Championship. Who Can Apply? Seniors graduating in 2019, Have a GPA of 3.50+, Be a U.S. citizen, Display broad academic achievement and accomplishments in in extracurricular activities. If selected, commit to completing the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program application, which requires a similar time commitment as one college application. What does a completed application look like?Original short answer essay. Sample long form essay (college essay or class assignment). Coach Recommendation Form.


National Association of Urban Debate Leagues' Student Ambassador Program

The Alumni Ambassador program gathers a prestigious and diverse group of 14-16 dynamic and motivated leaders. Those selected represent the urban debate community and its mission. Ambassadors will work with students leading up to the 2017 Urban Debate National Championship and help administer the tournament in April. More than 100 debaters, coaches and league staff and Ambassadors will attend this year’s tournament, which will be held in Chicago, IL. NAUDL covers flights, hotels and meals for Alumni Ambassadors.

  • Application and Recommendation Form Due: February 13th
  • Orientation in Chicago: March 11th

  • Remote Assistant Coaching: March 11th -April 20th

  • Urban Debate National Championship tournament weekend: April 20th – 23rd

  • Annual Dinner: Thursday evening at the Four Seasons in Chicago

  • National Championship: Friday morning-Sunday late afternoon at Loyola University in Chicago

National Association of Urban Debate Leagues' "Debater of the Year Award"

The Urban Debater of the Year application is now open. The Urban Debater of the Year recognizes a debater who demonstrates commitment and dedication to debate, improvement in their performance in school and debate, academic excellence and leadership in their school, urban debate league and community. Finalists will each receive college scholarships of at least $1000. The Urban Debater of the Year will receive a college scholarship of at least $2000. Additionally, the Urban Debater of the Year and their partner will automatically qualify to compete in the Urban Debate National Championship and will deliver the key not speech at the Annual Dinner.

Summer Mayor's Office Internship (April 8th Deadline)

The Mayor’s Office Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop the capacity to solve New York City’s most pressing issues. The mission of the Mayor’s Office Internship Program is to build a diverse pipeline of future public service leaders. This highly selected diverse group of men and women collaborate with staff to better the Office of the Mayor and New York City.


Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Contest is open to all Middle and High School students who attend school in either an Optimum or Suddenlink serviceable area. Essay must be 500 words or less, typed and double spaced, and written in English. Student name and essay title should appear on the top of every page. All submissions must include an official entry form and can be submitted online, mailed, or e-mailed. For more details see the official contest rules.